March 8th, 2017

Robert John Paterson

Illustration by Robert John Paterson

In Ban This Series, The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema presents a documentary from each nation whose citizens were denied entry into the U.S. due to a presidential executive order issued on January 27, 2017.

THE FILM: Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc—screening here in a sneak preview before its wide release—carved from 300 hours of amateur footage. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this irresistible favourite from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen’s eye.

Meet in the lobby of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema for 5:45pm. Film begins at 6:00pm.

TICKETS: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

POST-FILM DETAILS: We are excited to announce that Marcelle Aleid (Syrian Writer and Film Director) will be doing a Q&A after the screening and then we will be heading to The Labyrinth Lounge (298 Brunswick Ave) to further our post-film discussion.

We will have the private room in the basement!

Marcelle has helped produce different short fictions and documentaries and has published a book of Arabic short stories. After living and working in the film industry in the Middle East for many years, Marcelle came to Canada in 2014 as a refugee with her family.

Marcelle has recently launched a new company in Digital Marketing for small businesses and currently developing a new feature documentary and a novel.

New to the club or coming alone? Let us know. We’ll make sure someone is there to greet you at the door. All friends are welcome!

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